BEST Zucchini Recipes
It’s Zucchini Season!
August and the end of summertime are some of the best times of the year in the kitchen. Our gardens are overflowing with delicious, fresh vegetables just waiting to be used in our favorite as well as new recipes. Zucchini is always included in our garden, and even if you don’t garden, I can guarantee that your local farmers’ market or food store will have plenty of zucchini available. And like us, there are lots of friends who’ll share the zucchini love by gladly giving you some of their zucchini harvest!
Baking with zucchini is simply amazing. Adding shredded zucchini into baked recipes takes the moistness to another level. It’s all about the water that’s doing the magic in your recipes. One bite into something made with zucchini is all it takes to understand. From breads to muffins to cakes, zucchini adds an amazing dimension!
Some of the things that we love so much about zucchini and all of the squash family, are the blossoms or flowers that appear all over the vines. People are finally catching on to the deliciousness of zucchini blossoms! I grew up in a family that fried and stuffed them every spring and summer when the blossoms first appear.
Best Zucchini Recipes
With this list that we’ve put together, you don’t need to wonder what to cook this time of year. This isn’t a list of a gazillion recipes that you have to go through. It’s just a nice list of recipes from sweet to savory and from appetizers to desserts. These are truly our favorite zucchini recipes, as well as several new recipes from other food bloggers that will be made this summer in our kitchen.
ZUCCHINI APPETIZER Recipes
Crispy Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Chips with Roasted Garlic and Basil Aioli
Fried Zucchini Blossoms / Fiori di Zucchini Fritti in Pastella
Baked Parmesan Zucchini
ZUCCHINI SIDE DISH Recipes
Cheesy Parmesan Zucchini and Rice Gratin
Zucchini and Yellow Squash with Italian Cheeses Torta
Julia Child’s Zucchini Tian
Zucchini Onion Pie
ZUCCHINI ENTREE Recipes
Classic Italian Minestrone (Featured on BuzzFeed)
Risotto Stuffed Zucchini with Bolognese Sause
Garlic Buttered Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini Pasta Noodles
Zucchini Noodles Alfredo
Ricotta and Zucchini Canneloni
SWEET ZUCCHINI Recipes
Lemon Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Banana Bread with Sweet Mascarpone
Super MOIST Cinnamon Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
SAVORY ZUCCHINI BREAD Recipes
Cheesy Zucchini and Sun-Dried Tomato Scones
Cheesy Zucchini Bread
Tips for Cooking and Baking with Zucchini
- Always select zucchini that are smaller in size. They have the best flavor and texture.
- If you forget to pick your zucchini in the garden and a giant zucchini appears, don’t toss it out. These are the zucchini that are best for shredding to use in your baked recipes.
- For prettier color in your recipes, shred the entire zucchini with the green skin left on. As you know, we taste with our eyes first!
- While you’re shredding, keep in mind that you can shred a lot and freeze it to use later and in colder months when you want a taste of fresh summer!
- When freezing, before putting shredded zuccini in freezer bags, always gently squeeze out some of the water, using clean paper towels to soak up the water.
- Zucchini can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- Defrost the frozen zucchini when ready to use and give it another squeeze to remove more moisture, but not all of it. It’s the water in zucchini that makes recipes so moist after all!
Have you got some favorite zucchini recipes?
Please let everyone here know in your comment below! I’m always on the prowl for new recipe ideas using the ultra-versatile zucchini.
There are simply so many zucchini recipes out there, and these are our top picks that we’ve made over and over again. So enjoy all of these with your family, friends and loved ones. We hope you enjoy all of our favorite zucchini recipes!
Here’s to having a delicious end-of-summer time and zucchini season. And don’t forget to use up more of your zucchini abundance by doubling and tripling your recipes to share with everyone. They will thank you endlessly for your kind generosity.
I am loving the zucchini at this time of the year…those baby zucchini with blossoms are just gorgeous.
Thanks Angie.I agree with you 100%. Nature does bring us so much beauty around us!
Wow, that is quite the collection of zucchini recipes. I am loving all of them, but those zucchini blossoms, battered and fried – they win every time.
I feel the same about zucchini blossoms, Linda. Sometimes I think that they are too pretty and delicate to eat . . . . but then I forget quickly once I take a bite! I wish there was a better offering of zucchini blossoms here in American markets like there are all over Italy!
A great collection of zucchini recipes! I would say that I’m not sure where to start but those zucchini, cheese and sun-dried tomatoes scones really caught my eye. Thanks for putting this together Roz!
You’re welcome MJ. I love putting these together. I know that there are thousands of recipes ‘out there’, but who’s got the time to go through all of them? I just pick recipes that appeal to me and put these lists together. I’d rather have a good short list then a long list of so-so recipes. But that’s just my little ol position!
Hope you’re doing well and that autumn feels closer. Still in the 90s here!
This is making me wish for a neighbor to drop off a bag full of zucchini! Both your zucchini chips and zucchini bread look fabulous!! xo
And I wish that we lived closer so that I could bring you bushels of zucchini, Liz!!!
Be well my friend,
Definitely keeping all of these beauties to make . Grazie milla !